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Paris From Above Hardcover – October 16, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Livre (Acc) (October 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2812301066
  • ISBN-13: 978-2812301063
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 11.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,215,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

See Paris as you've never seen it before. Aerial photographer extraordinaire Yann Arthus-Bertrand won world acclaim with the best-selling "Earth from Above" and here offers Paris from the air, the most romantic city in the world, photographed from his specially adapted helicopter. The eclectic mix of ancient and modern are shown to their best advantage, the Seine providing a watery backdrop throughout to the stunning photography. Secret rooftop gardens, squares and formal parks seen in a reality only visualised by designers on plans. The pinpricks of people and cars put the bustling city into perspective, giving it an almost tranquil air totally alien to its nature but, at the same time, displaying a vastness unrealised on the ground. Covering old Paris, the Left Bank, the Right Bank, working class Paris and Paris today, this is a fascinating work, ensuring many hours of avid perusal for all lovers of this stunning city. A coffee table book, a reference book, a travel guide and a photographic work of art all rolled into one, this is a must for Parisiennes and visitors alike. - Lucy Watson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Yann Arthus-Bertrand published 'Tendres tueurs', 'Bestiaux', 'Chiens' and 'Chats' with the Editions du Chene. He is also the author of a number of books in the 'From above' series, including 'Paris' (bilingual edition), 'Les Cotes de Bretagne', 'La Loire' and 'Les Iles de France'. 'La Terre vue du ciel' (The Earth from Above) was an international best-seller, first published by Editions de La Martiniere. Philippe Tretiack is an architcet, town planner, journalist and writer, a lead journalist for 'Elle Magazine' and a regular contributor to 'ELLE Decoration'. He is in charge of the architecture pages in art magazine 'Beaux-Arts'.

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I share Jack's general appraisal that this is a "wonderful" book and "the photos are stunning."
Ignatius Reilly
Paris is one of the most beautiful cities and this captures all of the most beautiful places all around the city in one book.
Michael
I highly recommend this book to anyone with a love for Paris, and frankly who could not love this singular city.
Shannon Deason

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ignatius Reilly on April 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am writing mostly in response to the comments from Dr J E Robinson (Jack in Toronto). I share Jack's general appraisal that this is a "wonderful" book and "the photos are stunning."
However, I felt that Jack's references to the book's size/length ("short book...not big....all too short") might unduly discourage potential buyers. This is a magnificent book, over-sized, with many double-paged, marginless photographs. The page count, 183, is not great but this is not a "small" book. It comes in on my postal scale at 3 1/2 pounds! I could easily see this book priced at $... As long as Amazon continues to offer it at $..., it is aa terrific value.
An extra feature of this book that I particularly enjoy is the color, satellite image on the endsheets (front and rear). This is a great image for keeping yourself oriented. I give it an enthusiastic five stars, both in absolute terms, and in acknowledgement of what seems to me an excellent value.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Olson on August 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Beware, there are two hardcover versions of this book.

A small approximately 5" X 10" 78 pp hardcover edition at half the price of a larger(more pages and larger size) more expensive hardcover version.

I know, I bought the larger more expensive version after buying the smaller version, I knew I had to have the larger one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Deason on February 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The images in this book are first rate and very vivid. Paris is of course a gorgeous city and making her look good is not that difficult, but this book does show her at her best. It's easy to forget at street level how green Paris is and how many parks and private green spaces the city possesses, when viewed for the air you see how brilliant Haussmann, Napoleon III's prefect of the Seine, redesigned the city. It was said he designed the grand boulevard so that the Emperor could easily get troops in in the event of politcal unrest, but whatever the reason it makes for a spectacularly beautiful city. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a love for Paris, and frankly who could not love this singular city.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sye Sye on May 30, 2012
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This is a truly stunning book. The best modern colour photos of Paris, in a wonderfully designed and executed book. I bought a second copy for my daughter, because I couldn't bear to part with mine. I have over 20 books of Parisian photography and art, but this has that wow factor. A good mix to combine with those more subtle B&W Yvon, Brassai, and Doisneau shots. I can go to Paris every night, without the 18hr flights. This is a BIG book, check out the dimensions.
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Format: Hardcover
I am cross-posting here my review of the smaller-format (and cheaper) version (ISBN-13: 978-2812308772) of this book published in 2013.
With the 3 stars it seems I am being critical but it is a reflection of the editing rather than the photography.
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This somewhat smaller (in physical size; page number is identical) than the original edition. It is close to A4 size in landscape format and so is not "small" and I find the size to be perfectly adequate. The photography is of the expected high quality and reproduction is fine (the "cheaper" edition is presumably entirely about size rather than quality of print or paper etc). It is published by Editions du Chene/Hachette Livre and is printed in Italy.

The imperfections relate to the formatting. For those only interested in a coffee-table book with pretty pictures and don't care much about the content, then they won't be bothered about my concerns.

First, I have a gripe with many similar books when the information (caption) to each photo is not on the same page (or opposing page). Instead captions are grouped together approximately every ten pages, ie. with 8-10 captions together. That is marginally better than the even worse/dumber habit of some modern books of putting them all together at the end of the book! Worse, the location of the captions is not consistent--in some cases it is before the group of photos they describe, sometimes after, and in at least one case, both! It shouldn't be a chore to read about the photo. I suppose this is justified on the dubious argument that captions within the photos themselves would compromise the integrity of the photo. But I would prefer that or to have the photos slightly smaller on the page with the caption adjacent on the same page.
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By CHARALAMPOS LAMPRIDIS on May 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's a "must" for every bookcase. Splendid photos displayed in the appropriate size book. If you have been to Paris, you will see it like never before and if you haven't, you will definately want to visit it.
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